Trump’s ‘Voter Fraud’ Investigator Was Just Arrested On Child Porn Charges

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By now, you’ve probably heard of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, an advisory group formed by White House occupant Donald Trump, which is intended to investigate the nonexistent scourge of voter fraud. Really, the commission is intended to design ways to suppress the votes of those who typically vote Democratic.

Well, the commission is making news again, and definitely not in a good way. That’s because one of the investigators, 37-year-old Ronald Williams II, was caught with child pornography on multiple devices, and has now been arrested.

From The Washington Postwho broke the story late last night:

‘Williams was on secondment to the commission from the Office of the Special Counsel, an independent federal investigative and prosecutorial agency. His work with the voting commission was abruptly terminated this week, the senior administration official said. A spokeswoman for the Office of the Special Counsel declined to comment on Williams’s status with that agency.

‘Williams faces 11 counts of possession and distribution of child pornography, officials said.

‘The Maryland State Police said its task force on Internet crimes against children received a tip of a possible distribution of child pornography from a certain Internet address. The tip came from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, police said.

‘Police searched Williams’s home and later arrested him. A preliminary forensic look at Williams’s cellphone found “multiple files of child pornography,” according to state police.’

The commission, which is led by Vice President Pence and expert vote-suppressor Kris Kobach, is no stranger to controversy. Since its inception, the commission has been heavily criticized for being a pointless waste of time and money wholly intended to create justification for voter suppression. Trump knows that, assuming he even makes it that long, he’s not too likely to succeed in 2020 without using every dirty trick in the book. That’s why the commission has been controversial from the start, and is currently facing lawsuits.

Yet this marks the first time the commission is caught up in a scandal this heinous. Child pornography is not a partisan issue, and the coverage of this incident is not going to do Trump’s team any favors. Already, questions swirled around the future of the commission, particularly after members expressed there shouldn’t be Democrats (who are on it for optics purposes for Trump, and to keep an eye on things for themselves) on it at all. The Huffington Post reports:

‘Even though the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity was formally created five months ago and has conducted two public meetings, Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap (D) told HuffPost that he still has no idea what it’s working on or when it will meet next. He said he plans to raise concerns with Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R), the commission’s vice chair, about how it has operated so far ― if he ever has another chance.

‘“I think we have to talk about that if we get another opportunity. I don’t know that we’re ever going to meet again, to tell you the truth. We certainly haven’t talked about it,” Dunlap said. “I think it is a possibility. We haven’t heard about any future meetings. We talked about a meeting in November ― that was back in July. We haven’t had anything further about it. … It wouldn’t surprise me if we didn’t meet again.”

‘During its first public meeting in July, Kobach indicated that the commission would have multiple meetings across the country. Its charter authorizes it to operate until May 11, 2019, or until 30 days after it presents its final report to the president.’

No members of the commission have spoken about the arrest of researcher Ronald Williams II.

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